Remington 788

Discussion in 'Remington' started by Lanny, Mar 26, 2002.

  1. Lanny

    Lanny G&G Newbie

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    Any Remington 788 fans out there? Got a carbine version in .308 with a 4X Tasco. Handloading to see what it prefers. Good accurate little gun. If I can't get that new 7X57 Ruger #1A to shoot the way I want it to, I'll take the 788 up deer hunting this year.
  2. dave375hh

    dave375hh G&G Newbie Forum Contributor

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    Lanny,
    I've owned seven Rem. 788's at one time or another. I still have three of them, .222, 22-250, & .308. I've never seen one that didn't shoot. My .308 is an older model with a 20" bbl. After some work(more than I ever had to do on any other 788) It will now shoot 165 Nos. BTs into 1/2" at 100 yards (3 shot) and do it consistantly.
    Sell the #1 and buy two 788's you'll be happier in the long run! Yes I admit it, I'm a Ruger Rifle hater, like the handguns, and the shotguns are OK, but I'll never buy another ruger rifle again! I've owned enough of them, and worked on many others, I learned my lesson!

    Dave375
  3. ReRide

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    Rem 788

    Well Remington did one thing wrong when they brought out the 788.
    They made it shoot as good or better than the 700. So they fixed the mistake and quit making the 788......can ya fix a mistake with another mistake?

    Any way i've got a couple of 788 right now had three at one time.

    I wish i still acould get a new 6mm 788 best open country deer and coyote gun. i've shot to date!!!!

    I got a .243 a 6mm and had a .22-250 and i wishing for a .223 saw one sell one day when i didn't have the ready cash and i all most cried!!!!!!!($275)
  4. dave375hh

    dave375hh G&G Newbie Forum Contributor

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    Reride,

    Watch the Rem rifle section of "the Gun List" some 788's show up from time to time, including the rare ones at OK prices.

    Dave375
  5. Lanny

    Lanny G&G Newbie

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    Dave, what did you do to improve your 788's grouping? My carbine has the 18-1/2" barrel. Did you have to spend much $$ on bedding/floating, rebarreling, etc.?
  6. dave375hh

    dave375hh G&G Newbie Forum Contributor

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    Lanny,
    I do my own work so not money but time involved. For the .308 I glassed the action floated the bbl took the trigger apart and polished everything and replaced the roll pins with solid ones. After this the gun would shoot two or three good groups and then open up to 1 1/2" or so, it wanted to be clean. To remedy this I lapped the bore and recrowned the bbl that cured the fouling problem and made it possible to shoot 20 to 25 rnds between cleanings without losing accuracy. It'll shoot 165gr. Nosler Bal. tips or 165gr. Sierra Gamekings into 1/2" 3shot groups at 100yds with H-414 @ 2670fps. That's all I need to kill Bambi, so I'm happy. Luck.

    Dave375
  7. fightfire75

    fightfire75 G&G Newbie

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    For sale remington model 788 6MM

    I have a remington modle 788 6mm for sale if anyone wants one
  8. remchuck

    remchuck G&G Newbie

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    i love the 788. i own two;243 and 30-30.the 6mm sounds interesting;message me if still available.
  9. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

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    I love those little 788s. My brother got one for Christmas his 16th birthday. Great shooting little gun and I have always admired it! Sometimes he actually lets me shoot it!

    I have my eyes on a 788 in 22-250 that has been on the gunshop rack for over three years. He is a little high on the price otherwise I would have it in my gun safe.
  10. Steve

    Steve Master Gunsmith Staff Member

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    Lanny what bullets and powder are you using in the ruger #1, I shoot a 7X57 as my primary deer gun and it shoots extremely with hand loads. Pm me and i will give you some of my loads.
    Steve
  11. Jim Hamilton

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    I wanted a "good shooting" rifle to use on prairie dogs, I've got a Rem. 700 22-250, it shoots well, just something better. A friend and I went to a gun show, I saw a Rem 788 in .223, the guy wanted $ 135.00 for it, have had it for 10 years now, outshoots the .22-250! I put a Harris bi-pod on it, can knock the snot out of pd's at 500 yds with no effort, some I've hit further out, not having a range finder, I can only guess. Best little rifle I've ever owned, it sure likes Hornady 52 and 53 gr HP's, the pd's don't though, but the vapor mists left tell a different story. Remington should have stuck with this model, their thoughts about improvement didn't really come true.

    788Ham

    "He was just too high strung" Doc Holliday
  12. samuel

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    788HAM: That sure is a lousy M700 .22-250 you have. sam.
  13. Jim Hamilton

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    Sam, No the .22-250 is a damn good shooter, the .223 just does a better job, why, we've never figured out.


    788Ham

    "He was just too high strung" Doc Holliday
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    lefty o G&G Enthusiast

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    i'd agre, most 788's ive seen will outshoot the majority of 700's.
  15. 22shooter

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    I have a 788 in .223 Remington. It is very accurate. Last may I killed 92 pds out of 100 shots. It has a old Weaver K10 scope. I love it and would buy another one if I should come across it.
  16. psusnoop

    psusnoop G&G Newbie

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    I just recently got a Remington 788 6mm from an inheritance and would like to sell this gun as well. I don't have pictures currently while at work, but I could send them to anyone when I get home. Please if interested contact me.
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    psusnoop G&G Newbie

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    The pictures will be uploaded this evening around 6pm EST when I get home from work. I'm asking $450.00 but if interested please PM me. I will work with anyone.

    I will ship or it is available for local pickup as well.
  18. George H

    George H G&G Newbie

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    OPINIONS like other body parts everybody has one. 788 Rem was and still a good cheep rifle. 9 Locking lugs at the rear of the bolt is what I call bad judgment. I would not even think of comparing a 788 to a 700. There IS no contest. Out of the box the 788 was a nice cheep rifle the 700 is and will alway be the one of the best because if the locking lug design (mauser) and the round receiver.All the rifles that I built were on 700,721 a few Sako's Many mausers but never a 788. G
  19. MG Burnham

    MG Burnham G&G Newbie

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    35 or more years ago, I used to sell the 788 for $99.95. A great value. Super accurate.
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